Report: Outside surgeon confirms lingering ankle injury for Antonio Brown

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One of the lingering mysteries regarding the Antonio Brown situation is whether he refused to re-enter Sunday’s game against the Jets due to a lingering ankle injury. Via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Brown indeed has a lingering ankle injury.

Stroud reports that Brown visited with a “top surgeon” outside the team, and that the evaluation (including an MRI) confirmed that he has “serious pain.” The belief, per Stroud, is that Brown “probably should’ve never been on the field to begin with on Sunday.”

Stroud notes that an “official statement” from Brown’s representation “will be issued soon.” His current agent, Ed Wasielewski, has not responded to repeated inquiries from PFT regarding the situation.

Finally, to those who believe that Brown’s ability to jog to the locker room and leap around in the end zone on his way out means that he was healthy, please. There’s a huge difference between jogging around and making the full-speed cuts and changes of direction required when playing receiver at the highest level of the sport.

It’s undeniable that Brown didn’t practice on Thursday and Friday due to the ankle injury, and that he was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Even if coach Bruce Arians contends that Brown never cited the injury when refusing to re-enter the game, he and everyone else were on notice that Brown had a bad ankle. Thus, when Brown resisted entering the game after the first directive from Arians to do so, perhaps Arians should have asked about the ankle.

77 responses to “Report: Outside surgeon confirms lingering ankle injury for Antonio Brown

  1. so…opinion of a doctor paid for by Brown or his agent, is reason to justify what we all saw? ok..

  2. “It’s undeniable that Brown didn’t practice on Thursday and Friday due to the ankle injury, and that he was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Even if coach Bruce Arians contends that Brown never cited the injury when refusing to re-enter the game, he and everyone else were on notice that Brown had a bad ankle. Thus, when Brown resisted entering the game after the first directive from Arians to do so, perhaps Arians should have asked about the ankle.”
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    Just because Brown didnt cite the injury doesnt mean he didnt say something else while refusing or there was more to it. To me Brown doesnt deserve the benefit of the doubt and if he was refusing to enter I’m assuming its because he knew the ball wasnt coming his way and he was going to be a decoy and for that he didnt want to enter. Not saying that was the situation but I dont know why Brown should get the benefit of the doubt.

  3. Wow, jumping to conclusions once again not ideal.
    He was never given benefit of doubt and now looks like AB may have been aggrevied.

  4. Haha. i’m curious, what does a lingering ankle injury have to do with striping down on the sideline, running and dancing – on the ankle.

    AB is always looking at an angle, sadly, he’s exhausted his options, and chances.

  5. So, this tells us Coach was trying to win the game at any cost. Brady has said plenty but basically saying there’s just a lot out there. Gronk says he plays hurt against 300 lbs linemen. This is a tough one for Tampa Bay.

  6. When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. Arians, Brady and the TB org deserve all the fallout from this.

  7. You could take an MRI or anyone that has played football as long as him and yes you will find a doctor to say he is injured.

    Hell you can take a MRI of just about any adult and say something is wrong because we all have wear and tear.

    Is it why he didn’t go back in? I highly doubt it. It is not like we are talking about a truthful human.

  8. As Paul Harvey used to say, “And Now…The Rest of the Story.”

  9. Keep an eye on that ankle, sure, but for his own sake he really needs mental help. And less enabling.

  10. For once I’m thinking Antonio Brown has a leg (or in this case an ankle) to stand on. I am not an Antonio Brown fan, but it sounds like Bruce Arians was in the wrong. And as a head coach, shouldn’t you know the physical limitations of your players? Bucs not coming off as victims of Brown’s latest antics.

  11. Okay, then the rational thing to do is go to the trainer, tell him what you’re feeling and that you can’t go. Have him convey to the coach the situation. If Arians is being unreasonable just politely refuse and sit on the bench with the trainer having your back. Let BA be the bad guy in that situation. Don’t do what AB did on Sunday.

  12. Brucie runs quite the tight ship, eh? Imagine life without TB12 and it’s easy to see why he was unemployed so long.

  13. Ask the good Doctor why he threw furniture off a balcony and why he doesn’t pay his bills too …

  14. Agreed that jogging and jumping jacks do not require the same strain on one’s ankles as running NFL routes. However, if your ankle was aching to the point that you felt you couldn’t play another down, would you do jumping jacks on your way off the field?

    Listen, 99% of people deserve the benefit of the doubt. AB is the 1%.

    I’m sure his ankle is not 100% and he found a doctor corroborate. I’m also sure the same doctor would say 300 guys who played a full game on Sunday were too injured to play.

  15. The other option AB had if he really believed his ankle was that bad was to go out for a play take one step after the snap and drop to the ground clutching his ankle. Boom, you are hurt, you can leave.

  16. It’s so laughable. The Bucs have no chance at a title without AB. So… here are the excuse stories. He’ll be back. At least until they lose out.

  17. Seems like Florio is angling for a current player to be on his Award winning podcast. SMH. Stand up for someone who actually needs stood up for. Defending AB is a slippery slope.

  18. nflfan69 says:
    January 4, 2022 at 6:46 pm
    Brown will be cashing in. How long until the attorney’s are involved?
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    Cashing in? On what? If he was hurt and couldn’t go into the game then it’s reasonable to think he wasn’t going to get any earn any of his incentives that game. Willfully leaving the sidelines to go to the tunnel… that would be reason to suspend him the final game. Did he tell the trainers he was hurt? It didn’t appear so.

  19. Same ankle injury that caused the tantrum in Pittsburgh, same ankle he used to walk out at halftime during Bengals game, same ankle that kept him from wearing the required helmet in Oakland. Not sure if it was same ankle used during the assault or robbery? He really should get that thing fixed.

  20. Brown sure didn’t look like he was in pain as he jogged off of the field, doing jumping jacks.

    And an MRI cannot show pain.

    I think that Brown or his agent found a doctor willing to say anything for money.

  21. I guess an ankle monitoring bracelet can hurt the ankle. Cant meet million dollar incentives if youre not getting the ball.

  22. Coach Brady is doing everything he can to keep AB.
    His route running alone creates a problem for Green Bay. Why is this an issue?

    Winning will solve everything meanwhile angry PFT commenters can get upset they should have cut Brown.

  23. I think if you sign someone with past mental health issues you should expect irrational behavior from time to time. The Bucs knew what they were getting in to and the team and league should have mental health protocols to deal with this.

  24. Finally, to those who believe that Brown’s ability to jog to the locker room and leap around in the end zone on his way out means that he was healthy, please.

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    To those who believe anything Antonio Brown says, please.

  25. I bet Tom Brady phone got broken last night,and he now has a new one. Same with this Dr’s phone … ab will still be playing thanks to Tom

  26. Say the “doctor” is correct….so what? Arians told him to get lost.(or thereabouts) He’s STILL on the team. Brown’s actions are mildly difficult to come back from

  27. I have no doubt he has some sort of ankle injury. I also know the ankle is good enough to do jumping jacks on.

  28. p.s. Of course the Bucs aren’t going to release him. He just blew up their season they have no responsibility to let him walk onto another team. The conduct detrimental to the team is right there on video he’s dancing naked across the field. This is full costanza misconduct. It really doesn’t matter what the conversation was beforehand.

  29. So what you are saying is that if Antonio Brown had just, for once in his life, not acted out like a 5 year old he might be getting the benefit of the doubt here?

    Maybe he should try that.

  30. Your coming out in defense of Antonio Brown here is the least surprising thing in the history of things.

  31. letsgonow says:
    January 4, 2022 at 7:12 pm
    It’s so laughable. The Bucs have no chance at a title without AB. So… here are the excuse stories. He’ll be back. At least until they lose o

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    Brown isn’t that important any more.

  32. I bet he was hurting, but that doesn’t justify Brown’s actions. If you’re hurt jog to the locker room and get it looked at. Don’t take off your pads, shirt and gloves and jog to the locker room. He made a “scene” which made him look very childish

  33. Yup.Here comes the lawsuit against the Bucs and Arians. Drama galore,all because Brady insisted they sign him.

  34. Anyone who gives AB the benefit of the doubt at this point is part of the problem. The guy should not even be in the league to begin with….

  35. AB looked pretty good on that one reception where he left the Jets DB in the dust. Who knows – I think the truth is somewhere in the middle. I don’t trust Arians and his response. Also looks like they’re trying to keep him from getting onto another team, especially a playoff contender. Wouldn’t that be sweet revenge for AB!

  36. No matter what, is he justified for undressing in front of the crowd and throwing his equipment into the stands to evoke crowd reaction? Brown is just a diva, and it shows at every stop he has made. Don’t know how Pittsburgh put up with him for so long.

  37. As much as AB puts all of his life on social media, I assume -that if this were genuine- he would have been posting this narrative as soon as he got to his phone…..but that is not what happened….Pretty much a full 24 hours passed before this ankle story went public….A reasonable person should need more than just the statement of a Dr. working on AB’s behalf….and speaking of working for Brown, I hope the good doctor got the payment prior to taking Brown as a patient.

  38. Arians isn’t looking good if this story is true. They were down one of Brady’s binkies and Arians wanted Brown given how bad they looked against a middling Saints team.

  39. How can Goodell hand out fines to other players and let this kind of behavior go unpunished?

  40. Gee and to think cole Beasley played a game with a broken bone in his leg. Stop making excuses for brown.
    I can’t imagine Arians would have told him to get out with an injury.

  41. Que Peter Griffin holding his leg… “Ssssss. Ahhhhhh. Ssssss. Ahhhhhh. Ssssss. Ahhhhhh.”

  42. … I’m starting to believe that, intentional or not, Brown has played this perfectly. He has ensnared every team that has paid him, even the Patriots. He gets his money and he gets his attention at every stop. Now the Bucs are caught. This gamble caught up with them. Fake vaccination cards, mad chefs, unpaid movers, and the list goes on and on. And Brown is not held accountable for his plethora of off-field problems because the next team is always there to catch his fall. Now it’s all about AB again and Bruce Ariens has only himself to blame. But whose fault is it that we are all wasting our time watching a grown man in 2022 behave this way? We are the ones accountable. Because we keep clicking, and we keep watching. You can blame CTE. You can blame the culture of the NFL. Now it’s held hostage by a madman. But it’s really us. This is the world we’ve created. It’s our character. It’s the cost of the culture “winning.” We justify our addiction to violent entertainment. Antonio Brown got us.

  43. I like the story of him getting into it at half time in the locker room, bitching about not getting reps to get his bonus money. Ya he had an ankle issue but it wasnt something the trainers felt would stop him from playing or he wouldn’t have played.
    So when he was told to go back in and refused, he created his problem by saying no and wanting to use his ankle as an excuse.

  44. You’re saying it’s absurd to point out that he was running off the field and jumping up and down in said bad ankle. If his ankle truly hurt him so much that he couldn’t play, he wouldn’t have done that. Also, I’m sure if during warm-ups he said he couldn’t go, he would not have. But he ran a beautiful route and ran the defender into the stands with amazing cuts, speed, and agility. Ankle looked fine there. Even if it wasn’t, don’t act like a child and this would have been a non issue.

  45. “the evaluation (including an MRI) confirmed that he has “serious pain.”

    An MRI is not a pain measuring tool. I’d give a lot more weight to this if the MRI showed soft tissue damage or if there was a physical evaluation showing instability, poor range of motion or a loss of strength.

    We’ll find out the real story when AB stiffs this doctor for the money he agreed to pay him for this garbage statement.

  46. You could literally take every “healthy” NFL player, every NBA player, every college player, and everyone walking the streets, and find a doctor who could examine them from head to tail and find something wrong with every single one of them. That doesn’t mean they couldn’t still play football or basketball or do whatever they were doing. They might need X-ray, MRI, or really powerful microscopes, but they could find something “wrong” if they looked long enough. Also, doctors are like every other profession. Most are good. A few are sleazy.

  47. “Brown visited with a “top surgeon” outside the team, and that the evaluation (including an MRI) confirmed that he has “serious pain.” ” SO he goes to his hand picked surgeon, who does an evaluation AND an MRI and all the surgeon can find is the AB has “serious pain” BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Strap ’em on son!!! There is a world of difference between PAIN and INJURY. And EVERY single one of his peers lives that difference EVERY single day.

  48. Antonio Brown’s private chef has, thus far, been the best source for private medical information regarding the wide out. Has anyone asked The Chef?

  49. Will Antonio Brown after his career is gone and broke wake up some morning thinking “I screwed up?”

  50. Makes you wonder if the Bucs are taking care of their players. Their conditioning must be not good. Look at all the injured players. They are playing their what, second or third stringers? They will be one and done because they are depleted. Edelman is more than likely right, the Bucs will not repeat. And those who are blaming Brady for helping the Bucs get AB, they won the SB and AB was behaving well with Brady’s help. Maybe AB has CTE because of the hard hit he took when with the Steelers. He needs help and most people who do, don’t realize it. Blame Brady for trying to help another human being. One can only hope that somebody who care would be there for him even if others think he doesn’t deserve it.

  51. Just because AB is a whack job with a long history of really bad behavior doesn’t automatically mean that Bruce Arians accurately described what happened in his interactions with AB on the sidelines. Arians has his own history of popping off and having to clean up after himself later.

    What if AB did say something about his ankle to an assistant or a trainer, but maybe not to Arians? We do know for a fact that he told a TV reporter before the game that his ankle was still injured but he was going to play to help the team. So it’s not outside the realm of possibility that he played for awhile and then felt that it was too risky to put the pressure of more route running and cuts on the ankle. When AB refused to go back in, I can easily see Arians losing his temper and telling AB to get out. And then AB, having no impulse control, lost his mind along with half his uniform, and made a spectacle of himself on his way out. Right or wrong, in his head he may have felt very unfairly treated. He didn’t have to act like a clown in response, of course, but he may have had a good reason for feeling emotional.

    But the key thing is that if there really is a doctor out there who examined AB and pronounced the ankle to be significantly injured, then it’s no wonder the Bucs haven’t pulled the trigger on releasing AB. Any lawyer worth their salt would advise the Bucs not to release the guy.

  52. charliecharger says:
    January 4, 2022 at 7:20 pm
    Who paid the surgeon? Tom Brady. Bucs’ owners?
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    You do realize that what Brown did/is doing hurt/hurts the Buccaneers right??? Explain why Brady and/or Licht would pay for someone to damage their reputation and Super Bowl chances?? People gonna hate so much that it blinds them to simple logic.

  53. Funny how his ankle didn’t seem to bother him when he did jumping jacks across the end zone when he left the field.

  54. jayshah11 says:
    January 5, 2022 at 11:01 am

    Funny how his ankle didn’t seem to bother him when he did jumping jacks across the end zone when he left the field.

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    Funny how many people think they’re being clever and astute by making this comment. Try actually reading the post, which includes these accurate words: “to those who believe that Brown’s ability to jog to the locker room and leap around in the end zone on his way out means that he was healthy, please. There’s a huge difference between jogging around and making the full-speed cuts and changes of direction required when playing receiver at the highest level of the sport.” Too many commenters are so (incorrectly) sure they’re the first to have a clever remark that they can’t be bothered to read–and think–first.

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